Meditation for ADHD – it’s (maybe) not what you think

Meditate with mosaic

You’ve probably heard that mindfulness meditation is good for people with ADHD. But many of us, myself included, have an incredibly difficult time sitting still long enough to become proficient.  I know, I know, there’s a reason meditation practice is called PRACTICE.  Apparently the more you practice, the easier it gets.  But sitting meditation is just not my thing. 

There are other ways to practice mindfulness meditation. You can be mindful when you eat, savoring the texture, aroma, colors, and flavor of your food (props to my good friend Claudette for sharing this technique with me).  You can be mindful when you walk, noticing the way the wind shakes the leaves from the branches or the different colors in the grass.

I personally like meditating through mosaic.  For me, cutting or finding the exact shape I need for the space I need to fill is meditative. I become so engrossed in the work that I’m focused on nothing else.  It’s not long before I’m feeling refreshed. That is mindfulness! I’ve been working the piece shown above for months.  I have an entire wall in my living room reserved for it. But if it never gets done, I’m okay with that, because it’s more about the process than the product. (I guess I’m okay with empty walls, too.)

I’ve seen some really cool coloring books for adults. Some of them have stained glass patterns, others have mandalas. A woman I know colors mandalas every night before bed and it helps her sleep.  Bye bye Ambien.

If sitting meditation isn’t your thing either, I encourage you to get creative. Find something that clears your mind, and do it as often as you can.  It’s relaxing, refreshing, and good practice for staying focused.